I’ve been studying the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi.
"Wabi" refers to the serenity that comes from unfastening oneself from society and its search for wealth and status. It is the beauty and pleasure (even if bitter-sweet) of solitude, often found in nature.
"Sabi" refers to the majestic veneer that the passage of time lends to people and objects. It asserts that while time affects people no less than it does objects, the essence of both remains the same.